Marvel Comics The History of the Black Panther: 1993-1994

Marvel Comics The History of the Black Panther: 1993-1994

By Jim Beard


Excalibur, Deathlok, Captain America and more cross the Panther’s path, as he helps form a new team!

For more than 50 years, the Black Panther has stood at the forefront on the Marvel Universe. With T’Challa appearing on the big screen again this year in both Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War,” take a look back at over five decades worth of comic book adventures for the King of Wakanda!

The gathering of Excalibur and Avengers team members the Black Panther took part in brought forth the menace of Icon, a bio-chemist with the ability to transmute his body into wood, in EXCALIBUR #60.

When the Panther welcomed his friend Captain America to Wakanda in CAPTAIN AMERICA #414, he opened the nation up to an invasion by the Dinosaur-Men. During the fracas, he also discovered illegal vibranium mining and fought Ka-Zar in CAPTAIN AMERICA #415, as well as fell into the middle of a war between the High Technician and A.I.M. in CAPTAIN AMERICA #416, and held back the onslaught of A.I.M.’s use of the giant Terminus’ corpse as an attack vehicle in CAPTAIN AMERICA #417.

Captain America (1968) #414

Captain America (1968) #414

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After aiding the Fantastic Four in another dust-up with his old enemy Klaw in FANTASTIC FOUR UNLIMITED #1, the Panther hired the cyborg Deathlok to provide cyber-security for Wakanda in DEATHLOK #22. Moses Magnum sent his agent Phreak and others to invade the small country, but when that attack fell apart, he dispatched Killjoy to assassinate T’Challa in DEATHLOK #23. The cyber warrior blocked Killjoy’s assignment in DEATHLOK #24, and joined forces with the Panther in DEATHLOK #25 to bring down Magnum once and for all. T’Challa then teamed with the immortal Black Axe and fellow African hero Afrikaa in the Marvel UK title BLACK AXE #5, #6, and #7 against Jonathan Cardinal and his Cardinal’s Guard.

After unwittingly participating in a S.H.I.E.L.D. Life Model Decoy test in MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #148, T’Challa loaned his longtime ally Sue Storm much needed money for use by her team in FANTASTIC FOUR #385. The Panther would then find his own request for assistance with a young, superpower Wakandan called Vibraxis rebuffed by an upset Human Torch in FANTASTIC FOUR #390, and as a result traveled to see the Inhumans in FANTASTIC FOUR #391. Now joined by both Vibraxis and the Inuuman Devlor, the Panther was present for the first meeting between those two, the Warrior-Princess Huntara, and a teenage version of Franklin Richards called Psi-Lord in FANTASTIC FOUR #392. The Black Panther then brought these four young heroes together to form a new team in FANTASTIC FORCE #1 and the group acquitted themselves well against the Panther’s longtime foe, Klaw, in their first outing.

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